Cooking for One: Red Lentil & Rice Soup

This is actually green lentil soup, but you get the idea.

Perfect for winter, this hearty soup makes just enough for a great meal for one!

Ingredients:

1 tsp. olive oil

1 small carrot, chopped

1 shallot, diced  (shallots can usually be found singly in the produce department)

1 clove garlic, crushed and diced -OR- 1/2 tsp. jarred minced garlic

1/4 cup brown rice

1/4 cup red lentils (you can use green, too, but red is better with this recipe)

1 can chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium

1/3 cup water

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Spices: pepper, salt to taste

Directions:  In medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrot and shallots, and saute until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.  Shallots should be translucent. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 1 minute. Add lentils and rice, stirring to coat with onion mixture. Add all remaining ingredients, and simmer until lentils are soft (about 20 minutes). Additions: you can give this a Middle Eastern flare with some curry, ginger, and coriander (fresh leaves are great!). Or, you can add a Moroccan touch with cinnamon, golden raisins, ginger, and nutmeg.

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